Mominy’s Baking World

Baking and the crumbs that go with it…

Bill Arp Elementary School January 14, 2009

Filed under: baked,cookies,family — mominy @ 8:34 am
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When I was a yungin, I went to Bill Arp Elementary School and was a proud Patriot. The best thing about it was lunch…yep, I said lunch. It wasn’t gross reheated tasteless fare. Oh, no. Our lunch lady, Ms. Burris I think, was the grand masteress of lunch ladies. And her lunches were the BEST. I couldn’t wait to eat and would savor the days when my brother and I were allowed to ditch the bag and eat off plastic trays in HER lunchroom. The very best thing ever in the whole world was her Peanut Butter Fingers. Any kid would have gladly traded whatever filled his metal lunchbox for this long, narrow, peanut buttery goddess food. Never ever have I been able to recreate this goodness……..until last night. Oh yes boys and girls, I have cracked the code. Well, more like I found the recipe from a 30 year old church cookbook from Indiana. Still, I MADE THEM! Here you are – get fat and happy folks!

Bill Arp Peanut Butter Fingers

Ingredients
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 unbeaten egg
1/ tsp vanilla
1/3 cup peanut butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup oats

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spray non-stick cooking spray (I use canola oil) on a paper towel and wipe the inside of an 8×8″ pan.

Cream butter, add sugars and cream, add egg and cream, add vanilla and cream, add pb and cream.

Mix soda, salt and flour in a separate bowl, then add to creamed mixture. Add oats and stir well.

Bake 35-40 minutes, or until when you gently shake it, it’s firm in the middle.

Let cool for at least 20 minutes before attempting to cut.

Frosting
I didn’t make the frosting, but my brother and I surmise probably confectioner’s sugar, pb and milk.

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I’m back! January 8, 2009

Filed under: baked,cookies — mominy @ 6:07 pm

I won’t even apologize for not blogging in like 2 years. I’ve been stupid busy but that’s no excuse for not putting down my words.

Yah, I did a load of baking over the holidays – mostly cookies of course – but I did turn out a Very Good Chocolate Cake, the recipe of which I downright stole from Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock from the Watershed Restaurant in Decatur, GA. Bitter cake, super sweet and creamy frosting. I used holly from the yard and raspberries for garnish. The best.

I’ve experimented with butter cookies, oatmeal cookies, chocolate cookies… I’ve tested caramel, powdered sugar, chocolate chips… And I even rocked a couple stupendous apple pies. But my best work is always in the simple things: biscuits, snowball cookies and brownies.

Tonight, I’m making my aforementioned snowball cookies which are super easy with minimal ingredients – go on, try it. You won’t be disappointed and just think about how much of a hero you will be to your friends and co-workers. Even the ones you are not that fond of.

Snowballs

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
3 sticks unsalted butter – softened
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
3 cups all purpose flour
2 cups mini chocolate chips
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Mix thoroughly the butter and sugar.
Add vanilla and stir.
Add flour slowly, stiring frequently
Add chips and nuts (if using)

Drop by teaspoonful into hand and roll into ball.
Position 12 on a cookie sheet and bake 10 minutes.

Here’s where I get creative. I use a mesh tea strainer and “shake” powdered sugar on the top while they are still hot. It works well, and it’s small enough to contain the disaster which WILL ensue. I promise you will be finding powder in places you wouldn’t expect. But sometimes, it’s a good place!

Happy Baking!

 

Cookie Gig! July 1, 2008

Filed under: baked,cookies,Thank You — mominy @ 7:26 pm
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OMG, I’m so freaking excited! There is an on-farm market down the road a piece. We are friendly with the owner / operators of said organic market called Glover Family Farms, or Love2Love Farms. Upon a little conversation with my mom, I was invited to bring down and sell my cookies. Holy chocolate chips! Can you believe this? All the day dreaming of the details has NOT prepared me for this.

First, I had to “value” one recipe – Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Turns out, they aren’t THAT expensive…until you factor in organic ingredients and labor (hey, I have to be cheap AND easy!). Check.

Next, I need to secure packaging. Presto – I work for a packaging company. Check.

Get ready…Next I need to BAKE! Yay. Tonight I finally got to baking in my own kitchen for my first paid cookie gig. I was so excited, and it was the first time I was truly nervous to cook. I made sure everything was super clean, donned my apron and got to work. It’s my simple, but predictable recipe and sure ’nuff, it did not fail. Check.

After packing up the cookies in bags of three, making signage for the table and writing a thank you note for the opportunity, I now send my lover down with my Bundle of Joy!

Excuse me while I take a moment…

 

Truly a Boston Song June 6, 2008

Filed under: baked,cookies,cupcakes — mominy @ 9:03 am
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“It’s been such a long time” since I made a post. Sorry folks – if you know me at all, then you know I’ve been baking- just not posting. And besides a few recipes here and there, I’ve not been too creative. I’ve cranked out biscuits, chocolate chip cookies and some cupcakes, but nothing earth shattering.

One set of cupcakes recently turned my frown upside down, but not sure my co-workers were so impressed. Who cares! I thought they were tasty. I found some cherry icing at the store and used regular yellow cake batter. I decorated 1/2 the cakes with Twizzler bites and the others with slivered almonds. It was a striking presentation. Unfortunately I took the remainders to class and left them in the trunk – in GA – in an unusually warm Spring. So, it was a cherry pool with some cake mixed in.

BUT – I treated myself and bought a book shaped like and dedicated to fancy cupcakes. That night, D bought me the Cookie Bible! Me-Oh-My there will be a creativity revival – hallelujah!!!

Last night I made classic peanut butter cookies for D, but for a twist, I added mini bitter-sweet chocolate chips. Just the right combination, just the right size and taken from the oven a minute early to keep them moist. The co-workers dug these much more than the cupcakes!

 

Almond Cookie Bliss March 30, 2008

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I bought some Publix butter the other day. It had a recipe for easy-breezy Almond Butter Cookies. Said to frost them, but I’m just saying they were perfect without it.

Here’s the recipe:

3/4 butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat butter and sugar until creamy.
Add egg and almond and beat until creamy.
Gradually add flour until combined.
Roll into 1″ balls and place onto cookie sheet – about 2″ apart.
Dip flat-bottomed glass into sugar and press cookies flat.
Bake 15 minutes at 350 degrees, or until golden brown.
Cool completely.

Makes 3 dozen

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! March 17, 2008

Filed under: baked,cookies — mominy @ 5:51 am
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Did anyone say GREEN? In celebration of this fine O’Holiday, I made my famous Lemon Shortbread (see recipe previous), but used a LIME instead. I also tinted them greenish and dressed them with powdered sugar. Very tangy with a huge burst of limey (wait isn’t that a UK word) flavor and a sweet kick at the end. Yum.

 

Oatmeal Goodness! March 5, 2008

Filed under: baked,cookies — mominy @ 9:18 am
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My honey has been asking for some oatmeal raisin cookies, which, next to the famous Chocolate Chip Cookie, is the utmost comfy cookie ever. She loves them with nuts too, so on the way home, I made a special trip for extra raisins, fresh nuts and unsalted butter. After dinner of grilled buffalo burgers (for her of course) saute├ęd broccoli & squash, edamame and green beans, I made cookies – oh JOY!

I whipped up the usual recipe (see below) but then divided it before adding the fruit and nuts. In the other bowl, I added 1/4 cup cocoa to make a new recipe. They both turned out YUMMY!

Remember – natural, organic, fresh ingredients make everything better!

Oatmeal Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
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1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups rolled oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup chopped nuts
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1/4 cup cocoa (for second mixture)

Preaheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream butter and sugar.
Add eggs and vanilla.
Separately, blend flour, soda, cinnamon and salt.
Add to creamed mixture slowly until combined.
Put 1/2 of mix in another bowl and add cocoa (careful!).
Add fruit and nuts to first mix.

Drop by tablespoon full onto ungreased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes. I like to pull out on the short side of time for chewier cookies.

Cool completely. Store in an airtight container.